The Bythams School

The Bythams Primary School

Creeton Road, Little Bytham, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG33 4PX

Telephone: 01780 410275 Email: office@bythams.lincs.sch.uk

Science

Throughout our science lessons, children are involved in finding out about the world around them. They experience practical investigations and oral, written and problem solving activities.

Specific areas of study include

  • plants
  • animals, including humans (evolution and inheritance)
  • everyday materials and their properties
  • seasonal changes
  • rocks
  • forces and magnets
  • sound and light
  • states of matter (solids, liquids or gases)
  • electricity
  • Earth and space

Each science topic lasts from half to one full term depending on the depth of knowledge to be taught. Resources are kept in a central area, with resource boxes for each area of study.

Research is now much more possible using the educational opportunities opened up by the Internet and relevant world wide web sites.

Examples of our Science work

Terrific Scientific WOW day

On Tuesday 7th February the Bythams Terrific Scientific WOW day started with a big bang (literally) as DNA Dave and Kinetic Kimberly from the MAD Science Team wowed us with an exciting assembly to introduce our Science WOW day. After that the children moved in to their house colours and worked in teams to investigate and explore a variety of different scientific scenarios.

Fantastic Forces

The first session of the day allowed children to investigate friction through building a model car and measuring the distance it travelled on different surfaces.  Ramps were measured at a specific height and were covered with sandpaper, rubber, carpet and board.  Cars were then released from the top of each ramp.  The surface that caused the most friction was carpet and children really enjoyed making the cars.  Isabella Marriott stated, “I really enjoyed making our cars and they were easy to make.  It was fun testing different cars and putting weight on them to see how far they would travel. I discovered that friction can slow things down.”

Exciting Electricity

This session was all about circuits.  We first watched a video about items around the home that used electrical circuits.  The children were surprised about the amount of things there were!  We then had a PowerPoint explaining circuits and what problems might arise when making them.  There were then 3 activity tables.  The first had a number of electrical components which the children investigated, with questions to help their investigations.  What happened if you added an extra bulb?  Could you have more than one battery pack?  The second table had an electrical circuit already made up with a gap between 2 crocodile clips.  The children then had to use the items on the table to complete the circuit, determining whether that was a conductor or not.  The final table was set up with pictures with electrical circuits in them – a windmill with a moving fan as its sails; a car with working headlights etc.  The children were then able to design their own picture and add the electrical circuits to it.  All in all a fun and busy session. 

Catastrophic Catapults

Could you destroy a castle using science? The children investigated what forces made objects move and the energy required to do this through the exploration of catapults. But would the amount of energy with which you're loading your device factor in as well? The children soon put this question to test as they had a tray full of assorted items and they had to design their own catapult to fire at a castle. The children worked brilliantly in teams and soon the classroom was a deadly environment with their creations firing missiles around the room (some even managed to hit the castle)!

MAD SCIENCE! Bubbles and Dry Ice

An amazing time was had by all at the mad science part of the day. We were wowed by the wonders of dry ice. The dry ice would flow as a gas when water was added to it. When contained it would flow out of a hole in the flask so the children could see that it had a fizzy taste. He then added orange squash into it and the children thought it tasted like tango. We had a look at bubbles and made different structures with the kinetics construction they brought in. We made different shapes and was shown how to make cuboid shaped bubbles.

Oscar Hodge stated, “It was such an exciting day full of science and fun! The mad science team were awesome and when the hydrogen balloon exploded I jumped in shock! I love the WOW days they are so much fun and I love working in teams with friends from different classes.”

Air Power WOW day

With Mrs Leroy and Mrs Lovesey each team were exploring the flow of air. They had to design and make something that would move using wind power. This involved all sorts of creations including parachutes, planes, vehicles with sails, and boats as well as windmills. The children decided whether to work as a group, with a partner or individually. There were some brilliant ideas and some were more successful that others, but all of the children had a great time and persevered to overcome problems that they encountered. They were so excited when we tested out their creation and it moved with the electric fan.

Lions Water Challenge

In Lions class, with Mrs Hardie and Mrs Pyne, the children were part of a relief effort to provide running water to a village that had been isolated by a tidal wave.  This meant using lots of basic equipment to try to build a drain that could provide much needed clean water. The children had to face the challenges as a team and overcome barriers such as holey buckets and avoiding the contaminated water. Storm Barney provided extra challenges but the children persevered!

Pumas class WOW day - Volcanos!

The theme for this term’s WOW day was flow, inspired by Pumas’ class topic and our activity was centred around volcanos.  There were two activities:  individual volcanos made from clay, and one large group volcano made from chicken wire, boxes and covered with papier mache.

The individual ones were suitable for all ages, from Reception to Year 6 and were made by moulding a volcano shape around a plastic cup as a base.  We then created trenches in the sides, like lava running down a mountain, and filled them with red glitter.  This was extremely effective.  Finally we split the top of the plastic cup and inserted various fire coloured tissue paper, for the effect of an eruption. 
The large volcano was covered with the papier mache on day one, then painted and scrunched up tissue paper was stuck on to make it look like a mountain.  Finally, in Thursday’s assembly, the top was filled with bicarbonate of soda, red food colouring and vinegar to create our very own eruption. 

Over the 2 days, the children learned a great deal.  Their team building skills were developed, the older children actively helping the younger ones, their creativity as they decided how to style their volcanoes and often their determination to succeed, as the efforts did not always work first time!  All in all a wonderful two days!